All the most important veterinary, welfare and animal links you need.

Veterinary Links:

The RCVS has two key functions in relation to veterinary nursing. These are the maintenance of the statutory list of veterinary nurses and the award of veterinary nursing qualifications.

BVA is the national representative body for the veterinary profession in the UK We guide our members throughout their careers, from student to retirement, with the support and knowledge they need to achieve their goals, and speak up for them on the issues that matter most.

BVNA membership is open to anyone with an interest in veterinary nursing, from qualified VNs to students, support staff and supporters.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association exists to promote high scientific and educational standards of small animal medicine and surgery in practice, teaching and research.

The British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) is the specialist division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) recognised as having responsibility for exotic pets, companion avian species, zoo animals and wildlife. Founded in 1961.

Welfare and Charity Links:

The RSPCA’s vision is to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom. The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals.

Gilmoor Vets supports the RSPCA providing expert witness testimony when required to help in the prosecution of animal cruelty.

pdsa is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, caring for the pets of people in need. We provide free veterinary treatment to more than 4,650 sick and injured animals every working day and we promote responsible pet ownership.

Blue Cross UK. Animal welfare charity, with animal hospitals and animal adoption services. We also offer support for pet bereavement, and host online pet memorials.

Gilmoor Vets recommends the Blue Cross bereavement support helpline.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, rehoming 60,000 cats each year though its nationwide network of 29 Adoption Centres and 260 voluntary-run Branches.

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust, formerly known as the NCDL, has always campaigned on dog-welfare related issues to ensure a safe and happy future for our four-legged friends.

The Rabbit Welfare Association aims to improve the quality of life of pet rabbits in the UK. Gilmoor Vets has received RWF Rabbit Friendly Practice Silver award status, and RWF practice of the Year 2016 we have also supported the RWF through donations given at our popular Rabbit awareness week events.

International Cat Care is a charity passionate about improving the care of all cats. For over 50 years International Cat Care have been raising the standard of treatment and care provided to cats by veterinary surgeons, boarding cattery operators, those involved in rescue work, breeders and, of course, cat owners by providing the best information possible. Formerly known as the Feline Advisory Bureau.

Gilmoor Vets is in the process of qualifying for the International Cat Care, Cat friendly Practice Scheme.

With their amazing sense of smell the Medical Alert Assistance Dogs support individuals who live with dangerous health conditions Cancer and Bio Detection Dogs can be trained to identify the odour of cancer and potentially the development of a simple method of non-invasive cancer diagnosis.

This has been one of Gilmoor Vets “Charities of the Year,” benefiting from the generous donations of our clients and the fundraising efforts of all of our staff.

Our mission is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially-sighted people.

Gilmoor Vets has regular visits from local Guide Dogs puppy walkers, helping to train these dogs for their role with blind and partially-sighted people.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People was launched at the world famous Crufts Dog Show in 1982. Since then we have continued to train dogs to alert deaf people to specific sounds, whether in the home, workplace or public buildings.

To date we have placed nearly 1,300 hearing dogs throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Launched in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK is the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the UK. As part of our charitable remit, our aim is to advance animal health and welfare and to relieve suffering by providing quick and convenient access to blood. Similar to the human blood service, dog owners kindly bring along their much loved canine companions to give blood at one of our many sessions across the country.

Gilmoor Vets hosts regular blood donor sessions for Pet Blood Bank UK, Could your pet become a canine lifesaver?

For more than 30 years our nationwide army of volunteers have been finding loving homes for greyhounds (nearly 35,000 so far!). We rescue needy greyhounds and take care of them until appropriate homes can be found. We are the only National Charity which concentrates all its efforts on improving the lot of ex-racing greyhounds.

Gilmoor Vets have supported the RGT for many years, It has previously been practice “Charity of the Year” when Frances Allen performed a sponsored skydive!

The only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much needed companion animals. A network of 15,000 volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. When staying at home is no longer an option, our Pet Friendly Care Home Register lists care homes and retirement housing happy to accept residents with pets, and providing previous arrangements have been made with us we will take on life time care of a bereaved pet.

Durham Wildlife Trust helps wildlife from Tees to Tyne with wildlife reserves and opportunities for volunteering, education programmes and much more.

Gilmoor vets supports Durham Wildlife trust as a corporate member.

We speak out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Gilmoor vets has recently planted a wildflower garden at the Hare and Hounds Clinic Durham to help the bees.

The Bat Conservation Trust was formed in 1990 as an umbrella organisation for the rapidly growing network of bat groups, providing support, training and advice.

Vaccinating dogs against rabies has been proven to stop the spread of the disease to people and saves the lives of humans and dogs. Mission Rabies aim is to eliminate rabies from the world by 2030. Mission Rabies now works in 5 countries delivering its life-saving work at 7 unique project sites.

Gilmoor Vets has previously supported Mission Rabies as its “Charity of the Year” sending one of our vets to work at one of their rabies vaccination sites.

The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, SPANA, works to protect and care for working animals in some of the worlds poorest countries.

Animal Links:

Get information on the EU Pet Travel Scheme, including information on the pet passport.

The Veterinary medicines directorate is the govenrment regulatory body for all veterinary medicines sold in the UK it includes;

Accredited Internet Retailers Scheme (AIRS) – for the safe sale of prescription medicines online.
Suspected Adverse Reactions Reporting Scheme (SARRS).

Provides education and advice on animal care, especially regarding the use of veterinary medicines and contains the NOAH Compendium of data sheets for all UK pet medicines.

Its primary object is to promote, in every way, the general improvement of dogs.

The GCCF is the primary governing body of the Cat Fancy in the United Kingdom.

The Pet Health Council is here to promote, inform and advise on the health and welfare of pet animals in the interests of both pets and people.

A resource for dog education, including help for teachers and parents when teaching children about dog safety.

Charity focused on abolishing the practice of Puppy farming.

National Pet month raises awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns, we celebrate the benefits of our pets and encourage fund-raising for the nation’s needy pets.

Annual event supporting rabbit owners throughout the UK.